With hurricanes hitting Florida so often, ABC Domes created dome security storage and business continuity facilities that can withstand winds up to 300 mph. Since lighting is a large part of security, they used our solar parking lot lighting systems to provide outdoor lighting, even when there is no electric available due to down power lines. This will ensure that even in a disaster, the buildings and surrounding areas will be illuminated for safety and security for businesses and visitors to these sites.
When the project was initially started, they used our old style shoebox solar lighting systems with CFL lamps, but have since moved up to high efficiency LED lighting systems. The new LED lights have improved efficiencies, provided more illumination without additional solar power requirements, and provided better visibility than old style lamps. These systems also run from dusk to dawn year round, without dimming or turning off during the night, and do not require any power from the grid. Maintenance is only once every five years or so, so an added benefit is reduced maintenance costs.
All the solar lighting systems supplied to ABC Domes can withstand up to 200 mph winds, making them a perfect match to the structural needs of the domes. So far there have been over 30 solar powered parking lot light systems installed at their two facilities since 2007, some in Lakeland, FL and the others in Sealy, TX. They have also installed solar sign lighting systems at each facility entrance for better visibility.
Finally, by adding solar powered lights to their parking lot, solar power systems to the domes themselves, and creating the domes from efficient materials, ABC Domes has been awarded LEED energy savings certifications for each of their facilities.